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COMEBACKING HOME RUN KITTEN; COASTLINE, ROCKET HEAT & BENCH WARRANT ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AS FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES TO GO 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Home Run Kitten, idle since this past May, recent graded stakes placed finishers Coastline and Rocket Heat, as well as stakes winning Bench Warrant, all figure prominently in a wide open field of 10 older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Sunday in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes.Trained by David Hofmans, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten, who has been on the bench since well beaten here in the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes May 9, was a downhill winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes in Sept. 2014, and has two wins and a third from four starts down the unique layout. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 15-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,050.Separated by a neck at the finish, Coastline and Rocket Heat ran two-three in Santa Anita’s Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 26, as Toowindytohaulrox prevailed down the hill by a neck over Coastline.Trained by Phil D’Amato for the first time in the Daytona, Agave Racing Stables’ Coastline, who had been based primarily in the Midwest, rallied strongly to just miss in his first hillside try at odds of 52-1. A close third as a sophomore in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, 2014, the        5-year-old horse by Speightstown is 18-4-3-3 with earnings of $290,006.Trained by Vann Belvoir, the aptly named Rocket Heat broke running in the Daytona, opened up by 3 ½ lengths approaching the quarter pole, but was run-down late, finishing third, beaten a half length. Claimed out of a nine length maiden $30,000 win 11 starts back on Feb. 12, 2015, Rocket Heat enjoyed a terrific year, banking $187,080 while compiling an overall mark for the year of 12-5-3-1.A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat will try to pose an elusive target in this third career try down the hill.Last and 12 lengths off the pace after a half mile in the Daytona, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant flew late to be fifth, beaten three quarters of a length and thus looms a stout threat from behind in the Clockers’ Corner. A winner of the minor Baffle Stakes down the hill six starts back on Feb. 15, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., Bench Warrant is two for four over the course and has three wins from 11 overall starts, with earnings of $186,790.A multiple graded stakes winner, 7-year-old Silentio comes off an even seventh place finish in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap, run at a 1 1/16 miles on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta on Nov. 29. Trained by Gary Mandella and owned by his breeders, Wertheimer and Frere, Silentio was well beaten in his only lifetime try down the hill, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, on Nov. 1, 2014.The leading money earner in the field, Silentio has banked $712,565 from an overall mark of 18-4-1-7.Eleventh, beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Daytona Dec. 26, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza and try to hold off the late runners the final sixteenth. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute has a win and four seconds from six hillside tries.Lightly raced Ocho Ocho Ocho, who was a well beaten ninth in the Grade II Mathis Mile (turf) here Dec. 26, cuts back in distance as he seeks his first win since taking the Grade III Delta Jackpot as a juvenile in November, 2014. A close fourth two starts back in the Grade III Pennsylvania Mile (turf), “Ocho” will try the hillside turf for the first time on Sunday.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 124; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 119; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 119; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 124; Silentio, Mike Smith, 119; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 119; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 119, and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 124.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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WHAT A VIEW IS IMPRESSIVE 3 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC UNDER DESORMEAUX; TRAINED BY BLACK, 5-YEAR-OLD VRONSKY GELDING GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:47.39

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–With the red and white colors of California’s legendary Old English Rancho flying proudly, What a View assumed command turning for home and took Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank, by an impressive 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by former rider Kenny Black, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Vronsky got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.39.A restrained second to pacesetter Image of Joplin into and around the far turn, What a View made the lead well within himself a quarter mile from home and was clearly best among a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in the Golden State.“Kent knows what’s he’s doing, he’s won a few more of these than I have,” said Black, who registered his biggest win as a conditioner in the Classic. “He knows this horse. I always thought he was better when he (What a View) has one to run at.”Hammered in the late betting, What a View was off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $4.60 and $4.00.“I had a firm hold,” said Desormeaux. “I was surprised to see him accelerate again at the quarter pole. Kenny told me in the paddock that it’s not hot air, he’s never had a horse doing doing so well. He’s had some issues, but the issues are no longer and he sure ran like it.“I was surprised. They’re not supposed to have anything left when they pull like that.”Out of the Manila mare, Oceans N Mountains, What a View was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy and Sal Berumen and is owned by Patsy and Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust. In getting his first stakes win, What a View notched his fourth career win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $137,500, increased his earnings to $294,148.“I grew up with this,” said an emotional Mary Johnston Hilvers, whose father, Elwood “Buddy” Johnston of Old English Rancho, passed away last year. “Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions on whether we’d be able to keep it going. My son, Johnny, has done such a fabulous job. It’s a family thing. My husband, my daughter…We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.“We’ve got a lot of good, young horses coming up. I’m excited for my mom (Judy Johnston). I wish I would have made her come with me today.”Favored Alert Bay bobbled at the break, saved ground into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Boozer. Off at 2-1 with Martin Garcia up, Alert Bay paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Boozer, who showed good speed from his number 11 post position, was rank into the first turn and proved game for third money, finishing a half length in front of Poshky.   Boozer was off at 10-1 and paid $5.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.32, 46.70, 1:10.39 and 1:35.06.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 27TH RUNNING OF DEFINING RACE FOR CAL-BREDS PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK –last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2016

first_imgTHREE-YEAR-OLD STARS GET TO WORK THIS WEEKENDSPAWR REMEMBERS CLASSY CLAIM SENSATIONAL STARD’AMATO TAKES ‘HILLUVA’ CHANCE IN JOE HERNANDEZ Edwin Maldonado1182110918%34%$746,195 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Doug O’Neill12119162016%45%$1,010,813 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat16130172419%44%$1,778,262 Rafael Bejarano17437341921%52%$1,728,837 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 25) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 FINISH LINES: Spendthrift Farms’ B. Wayne Hughes was on hand Friday morning to see his champion mare thrice over Beholder gallop as she prepares for her six-year-old campaign under the direction of Richard Mandella . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om remained on course for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12 with a five furlong breeze on the main track Thursday in 1:02 under regular rider Gary Stevens for trainer Dan Hendricks. Om’s fractional times were 24.40, 37.20 and 50 seconds flat for the half mile. “He worked great,” Hendricks said. “He’s right on schedule.” . . . La Canada winner Taris, working for the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 19, went five furlongs Friday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:01.60 for Simon Callaghan . . . Martin Pedroza has been suspended three days (March 3, 4 and 5) for careless riding aboard Miz Graycee, half-length winner of Thursday’s second race who was not disqualified . . . Professional horse and poker player Dave Gutfreund will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. . . . Hot stuff: Santa Anita hosts a chili cook-off tomorrow. Fans can taste delicious chili from several teams, judge the fare, be part of the competition and select their favorite chili for the People’s Choice Award. The $31 package benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. For a $10 discount, use promo code COOKOFF at santaanita.com/events. Santiago Gonzalez18135272119%46%$1,389,849 Joseph Talamo16017192111%36%$938,914 Tyler Baze18019292611%41%$1,033,856 Philip D’Amato8619141422%55%$1,036,515 TOP SOPHS GET IN THEIR LICKS AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita clockers will be at the ready this weekend to record the workout times of leading three-year-olds scheduled to breeze at The Great Race Place, including undefeated champion Songbird for Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.Songbird, preparing for the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, March 5, is scheduled to work Sunday at 7:45 a.m. according to Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.Also set to work Saturday is San Felipe contender Danzing Candy. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has the son of Twirling Candy scheduled to go out at 9 a.m. with Mike Smith up, while Santa Anita Handicap candidate Prospect Park works for Sise on Sunday.Trainer Gary Sherlock will breeze Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino five furlongs Saturday at 6:45 under regular rider Fernando Perez.San Vicente winner Nyquist, bound for the Florida Derby on April 2, “will gallop through next week and breeze next Saturday (March 5),” trainer Doug O’Neill said.Trainer Keith Desormeaux is preparing Swipe for his return to the races. Swipe holds the ignominious distinction of finishing second four straight times to unbeaten champion Nyquist, the last three in Grade I races, the most recent of which was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31 by a half-length.“Swipe has had several breezes, but they’ve been so slow, I don’t know if the clockers caught him or not,” Desormeaux said of the son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.“Swipe had a chip in his left ankle removed that put him on the sidelines after the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”Texas Red, upset winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, continues on the comeback trail at age four and will work five furlongs tomorrow under exercise rider Humberto Tellez, Desormeaux said. Mario Gutierrez13617222013%43%$1,031,066 SANTA ANITA HONORS BARGAIN CLAIM SENSATIONAL STARIt’s approaching 30 years since Bill Spawr claimed Sensational Star for $32,000 with the hopes of turning him into a stakes winner.Spawr wasn’t disappointed.Sensational Star would go on to become a graded stakes winner under Spawr’s tutelage and retired with a career record of 39 starts, 13 wins, 11 seconds and $442,445 earned, this in the pre-inflation era.Spawr is known for his keen eye at the claim box. His most accomplished bargain was Exchange, taken for $50,000. She went on to win three Grade I stakes and earn more than a million dollars.Spawr, a native of Bell, California, who turned 76 last Dec. 13, had his day in the sun with 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Amazombie, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award.Claimed in 1988, Sensational Star later won the Pat O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Handicap and the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar and the Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park.Spawr still has framed winner’s circle photos of Sensational Star in his tack room.“He was a classy horse who had some minor issues we were able to correct and it changed him into a real good horse,” Spawr said of Sensational Star, who will be remembered by Santa Anita tomorrow with the 19th running of the stakes named in his honor.In Spawr’s tack room is a picture of Sensational Star winning the Triple Bend Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 6, 1989, when it offered a $75,000 purse. In the saddle was jockey Rafael Meza, older brother of Eddie Meza of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Southern California Council.There also is a framed photo of Sensational Star after he won the Bing Crosby at Del Mar on July 29, 1990, when it was a Grade II race with a $100,000 purse.“He was a nice looking horse,” Spawr said when asked why he claimed him. “He was routing and showed speed, so I thought he’d make a better sprinter, and he did.”The Sensational Star: Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Aotearoa, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Lucky J Lane, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; McHeat, Fernando Perez, 6-1; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith, 5-2; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 6-1; and Poshky, Joe Talamo, 10-1. Martin Garcia82138816%35%$815,659 PAPACOOLPAPACOOL SHORTENS UP IN HERNANDEZPapacoolpapacool will make his 12th start on grass in 13 career starts when he runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for four year olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs, but it will mark his first race on the downhill turf course.In fact, the gelded son of Temple City has never raced at a distance shorter than one mile, and the Hernandez will be his first race in six months.“This is a good race to put in him,” said Phil D’Amato, who was tied for the training lead with Doug O’Neill through 36 days of the 63-day Winter Meet that concludes April 10. Thanks to two wins yesterday by O’Neill, each has 19 victories. three ahead of Bob Baffert.“There really aren’t any conditions for him, so we’re kind of using this to get his campaign started for this year,” D’Amato said of Papacoolpapacool, “but you never know. Maybe he’ll love the hill.”Also in the Hernandez, D’Amato sends out improving Irish-bred Hunt, who comes off an impressive allowance win down the hill.The Hernandez, which goes as the fourth race: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Papacoolpapacool, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Rocket Heat, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Guns Loaded, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 6-1. Jerry Hollendorfer941281313%35%$882,226last_img read more

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